The ADA Foundation (ADAF), the American Dental Association (ADA) and the Colgate-Palmolive Company announce a joint initiative to enhance the ADAF’s existing dental research laboratory in Gaithersburg, MD, and to support and encourage promising young researchers.
These major commitments coincide with the renaming of the ADAF lab, formerly known as the Paffenbarger Research Center, to honor Anthony R. Volpe, D.D.S., M.S., who recently retired as Vice President of Clinical Research and Scientific Affairs at Colgate-Palmolive Company.
Dr. Volpe has been a tireless advocate for dental research throughout a long career. Beyond his contributions to dentistry and the public’s oral health, he has been extraordinarily successful in instilling the excitement of research in generations of young scientists. He has received many prestigious dental awards and has published more than 200 scientific research reports in international dental journals.
This announcement marks a milestone for the ADAF. The combined gifts will make it possible for ADAF scientists to meet the ever-changing challenges of oral health care research. In addition they signal the three organizations’ strong commitment to identifying and encouraging the most promising young researchers in the field.
A portion of the funds will be used to bring in a top researcher as the Dr. Anthony Volpe Distinguished Research Fellow. The funds also will be used to provide permanent support for the ADAF’s Dental Student Conference on Research, an annual event that attracts about 50 of the most promising dental students from the United States and Canada who are interested in careers in research. The conference, which will now be known as the Colgate Dental Student Conference on Research, will mark its 50th year in 2014.
The newly renamed Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center laboratory facility is operated by the ADAF and is located on the grounds of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, a federal government research campus. Previously operated by the ADA and then jointly by the ADA and ADAF, the center conducts unique research in cutting-edge fields of biomaterial and tissue engineering technologies. The lab’s strong applied research program has worked closely with industry to translate new technologies into clinical and over-the-counter products. Its projects target technologies that meet the needs of patients, but also fit within the oral care delivery system and the industries that serve it.